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General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: BAF Tickets
« on: September 21, 2011, 09:06:10 PM »
I read on another forum that there are $20 tickets good for up to two people, and they are good thru most of October.  I'm guessing they must have been printed in the latest newsletter.  Anyone know?  My last newsletter was delivered sometime during the summer.  Did I miss a Fall newsletter?  I seem to receive mine sporadically, and I would like the tickets to treat my sister and niece.

Run to the Lights is a 5K held on Nov. 11 after the park is closed.  It supports Caring People, an organization founded by Jodee Herschend, to provide assistance to single moms.  It's an exciting night full of "people who care", rivers of hot chocolate, wassail, and those billions of lights.  Jodee and her husband (Jack or Pete?) present the awards.

One of them (not sure which one) is always present at the 5K marathon held at the City for Caring People.

Thanks!  I could go on and on and on....but I didn't want to bore anyone!

Oh, yeah!  And, I wish they would get rid of those basketballs.  They drive my crazy, but kids love them!

I wish for the return of
- Rube Dugan's Diving Bell
- the gunfights
- big feud between the Hatfields and McCoys
- skillet bowls that have been replaced by Philly steak sandwiches (all over the park)
- walking thru the Treehouse with the twinkling lights
- wedge of cheese that was served at Dine In the Mine and the the dessert tray! Yum!
- the bookstore
- REAL tintypes - not the digital ones they produce now
- asphalt being replaced by concrete
- the clip clop of horses as you walk across the bridge.  Is it gone or broken?
- listening to the taffy making machine in the Taffy Shop
- remember the open air vendors that sold corn on the cob dripping with butter and bbq ribs         (I think they were served on a stick)

I hate - the cold drink cases near the back of the park
         - the higher prices and smaller portions of food
         - cold sandwiches only at Jack's Sandwich Board; no more hot ones - what a bummer!
         - absence of the mile high pies!
         - the condition of American Plunge (my favorite ride)
         - the funky slushie machines that allow you to make your own slushie
         - hot drinks served w/o a lid - I've had a few spilled on me! Ouch!  A mug is essential!!

I love - the crisp morning smell
         - the smell of wood fire in the Fall
         - walking on asphalt thru falling leaves
         - sorghum making even though it's not on main street
         - a billion Christmas lights that twinkle like no other
         - hot chocolate served as "the works" at the place on Main Street
         - Sasparilla in a cold, glass bottle

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Refillable Mugs
« on: September 14, 2011, 09:24:03 PM »
While we were there in August we had our refillable mugs - one stamped $1.25 and one at $1.50.  We were told we had to pay the current refillable price of $1.75 - new policy, even after I pointed out the price stamp.  During one of my "purging phases" I actually threw away a glass mug and one old plastic one stamped $0.75 recently. :(  WHAT WAS I THINKING?????

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Passionate or overdoing it??
« on: September 12, 2011, 07:21:58 PM »
I have been coming to Branson since I was about 4 yrs. old.  Before that, my grandparents always took me fishing with them on Bullshoals Lake.  I won't say how long ago that was, but...Branson will always be home to me.  I can close my eyes and remember what it looked like 30 years ago.  I remember how long it took to get from Shepherd of the Hills to Highway DD.  I can hear the train whistle - my favorite "sound" to this day.

Thanks everyone for the well wishes and prayers you sent up for my mom - a complete stranger to you!  She is improving daily.  Wishing everyone a great holiday no matter what you are doing! :)

okiebluegrass that's funny that you should say that about your "happy place".  My mom has been in ICU since June.  Oftentimes, I will sit in the waiting room with my computer and go to my "happy place" doing the same thing as you.  I look thru SDC family photos and websites such as this one, and I feel better.  No, it's not wrong that you did that!! :)

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Labor day at SDC
« on: August 30, 2011, 09:01:21 PM »
Spouse and I have a date Saturday morning at Sullivan's Mill - cinnamon bread and coffee are on the menu!  A crowd at SDC is better than grading papers, yard work, and cleaning the garage any day!  Hope to see you all there!

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: sdc at christmas
« on: August 24, 2011, 07:52:47 PM »
Ah! I can help with this one!  I can't stand being cold, and when you spend some of your time in a wheelchair there's fewer calories burning.  I always take heat packs with me.  Tuck them in your hat, gloves, and shoes.  They also make the sticky ones to stick on your shoulders!  Ahhh! If it's really cold, wear thin long underwear - keeps you from feeling too bulky.  Try skinny gloves under your mittens.  Lots of folks carry a small blanket around the park with them.  SDC at Christmas time is Magical! 

My best bit of advice - they don't put lids on hot drinks, a mug or bring one with you.  Wassail is HOT! when someone bumps into you and it lands everywhere!!

Kind of fun thinking about being cold!  The school where I teach in not air conditioned, and it was 103 at 2:00 this afternoon!  Yikes!

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Grandfather's Mansion Fire
« on: August 20, 2011, 09:40:07 PM »
If GM is not accessible - it's not accessible! There isn't any reason to change it for the few of us that can't manage to enter and enjoy it safely.  I can no longer visit GM, but I don't want it changed or restructured if it's going to take away the integrity of it.  I would rather it be left as is for those that can enjoy it.  There are plenty of other things to do in the park.  People need to use common sense.   

General Silver Dollar City Talk / SDC Ride Accessibility Policy
« on: August 20, 2011, 09:28:25 PM »
Does anyone take issue with SDC's new policy of handing out passports for those of us that are "disabled" and would like to enjoy the rides?  Many rides have a separate "handicapped entrance".  In the past this would allow you to get on a ride w/o waiting and also allow you to ride twice.  The new policy is to enter the handicapped entrance, get a time stamped in your passport (which is equal to the wait time of the general public standing in line), and come back at the designated entrance at said time.  I don't mind waiting at all, but...that means that if you need
a chaperone or happen to be using a wheelchair, someone is probably pushing you up and down ramps, getting the passport stamped, pushing you back down the ramp to wait out the designated time, and then pushing you back up/down the ramp to get on the ride.  On shorter wait times, by the time we left the ramped area it was time to turn around and go back.  My husband was exhausted by the time he pushed me up/down the ramp twice at American Plunge just to get on the ride.  On the lost river boats we stood in line for an hour to get my passport stamped (ride time - return in 1 hr.) and discovered that the rest of our party had already finished riding before my "designated ride time", so we just left.  I would not mind waiting for awhile at the handicapped entrance, but the new plan is ver discouraging for the poor chaperone that has to do everything twice!

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Re: Recommendation for little ones
« on: March 06, 2011, 05:45:02 PM »
I agree with the statement that kids like the Homestead Pickers.  They are the most entertaining group in the park.  You might also try to magic show - should appeal to all but your youngest.

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